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ABAX5 - Machines and equipment

Installation details

Installation type: 3 wire installation (Usage Logging)
Typical equipment: Heavy plant machinery (Excavators, Diggers, Generators etc.)
Estimated installation time: 20 minutes
Required tools: Soldering iron, heat-shrink kit, multimeter
Red wire:For permanent power
Black WireFor ground (earth)
Yellow WireFor a power source that is active when the ignition is on

Do not mount the unit under metal as it may interfere with GPS signal strength.

Download Installation pdf

EQ - 3 Wire Installation (Usage Logging).pdf

Installation example

Installation af ABAX Equipment Control

In this example, we will mount an ABAX Equipment control unit in a Hitachi excavator. Other plant machinery will differ, but the principles remain the same.

An orange hitachi excavator arm

Use a multimeter to locate a source for a permanent power supply (12V or 24V), ignition feed and ground (earth). You will then likely need a soldering iron to make the necessary connections.

Use a Multimeter to lovate power source

In this example, the power connections are easily accessible by removing the CD player and plastic cover. The unit can be mounted to the frame and the plastic cover will not obstruct the GPS signal.

an abax eq unit mounted inside an  excavator hut

In this example, power, ignition and ground are found using an existing connector block.

red and ablack wire setup for eq unit in an excavator

Use the multimeter to verify that the 12V/24V power source is permanent and that the ignition feed switches on/off with the ignition.

Yellow wire setup for a ez unit

Prepare the ABAX wires for soldering.

preview wires for soldering

Use a solder iron or an appropriate connecting tool to connect the red wire to a permanent feed, black to ground and yellow to an ignition source. Where appropriate, cover with heat shrink tubing to prevent short-circuiting.

soldering wires

When the unit is receiving power, an LED light will blink.

cheking if unit is receiving power

Details of the exact light sequence can be found in the box.

It is not essential to wait for the cycle to complete.

Checking light sequence for abax eq unit

Secure and cable tie any loose wires. Ensure that they will not get trapped or interfere with hot or moving parts.

Finishing up installation by tidying up wires

Make a note on the box of the details of the equipment, current running hours and serial number.

Note serial number of the eq-unit